September 12th, 2009
02:58 PM ET
13 years ago

Brown vies for Kennedy's seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown will run for Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat."]
WASHINGTON (CNN)–On his 50th birthday, Massachusetts Republican state Sen. Scott Brown announced his intentions to run for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat.

Characterizing himself as a Washington outsider, Brown spoke directly to the people of Massachusetts.

"Already, my opponents have started pandering to the special interests, promising to support their pet projects," Brown said. "That's not the way I operate. Because I don't owe anybody anything, I'm free to tell the truth and fight for what's right for all of the people of Massachusetts, no matter their political party."

Read Browns full remarks here.

Brown said he has a history of bipartisanship as a three-term state senator and former three-term state representative, and spelled out his "core" beliefs.

"I believe that government is getting too big and that the federal stimulus bill made government bigger instead of creating jobs as was supposed to happen," Brown said.

The veteran legislator made his announcement after former Bush administration Chief of Staff Andy Card, dropped out of the race late Friday and encouraged Brown to run for the seat instead.

Another conservative name that's been mentioned is that of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

On the Democratic side, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has already announced her plans to run for the seat.

Kennedy, 77, died on August 25 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He had served in the Senate for nearly 50 years - most recently winning reelection in 2006.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. D. Tree

    This guy just another lying Republican with a deluded sense of reality.

    The last 8 years proved to America that Republican economic policies are a complete failure.

    If you want a prosperous nation, elect Dems because it seems like they are the only people who care enough, and who are smart enough to do it right.

    September 12, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Proud and Happy Republican except for the Democratic BS!

    Some of your comments coming from dems are BS. You idiots need to get your facts straight! "GOPBOMB", you especially. You think George Bush had big Government. What prison did you climb out of?

    September 12, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. disgusted

    Gageing from the previous remarks there are so many people in this country that just don't get it- MASS is and has been in serious trouble for years. Thereare NO checks or balances in this state- most of the elective offices go unchallenged due to ignorant voters who vote the democratic party line- no matter who the opposition candidate is. Before all you out-of-state people chime in; just realize for once that ABSOLUTE power corrupts absolutely; no matter where or what state you are in. The democratic party has been in total charge for over 30 years, so, now the voters really have very little control over any of the offices that are elected. The housing disaster we are all experiencing is a direct result of our Barney Frank and his incompetance. Enjoy the results of total control!

    September 12, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Hugo

    How could any Republican ever stoop to levels so low so as to provide the same leadership for Massachusetts as Ted Kennedy? If someone of such low moral character as Ted Kennedy is a Democratic hero, then it is no wonder that Barrack Obama is their leader!

    September 12, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Larry

    I don't think a Republican stands a chance in Massachusetts for Senator Kennedy's seat
    Massachusetts voters are way to smart for that

    September 12, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. proud dem in nc

    Like Mass. would ever vote for a Repugnant to fill Ted Kennedy's seat. Good luck, Brown. You don't have a snowballs chance in ++++. Teddy left big shoes to fill. He did sooooo much good for people, and we all know Repubs are only concerned with fattening their purses. RIP Teddy!!!

    September 12, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Frank Lee

    Wait until the public finds out about his profanity-laced address to school age children in his district a little while back.

    He's as good as cooked.

    Say goodbye, Scott.

    And to poster Go Scott Go – that's just the problem – He's stupid enough to call someone a "spade".

    September 12, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Susan

    Scott Brown is your typical Republican nut job.

    September 12, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    The moron people of Mass. will not vote for anything but another Democrat God help them. They must be the most immoral lot this continent has.

    September 12, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Keith in Austin

    When Brown WINS Kennedy will turn over in his grave!

    September 12, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    Republicans sure do love that "big government" scare slogan. They must prefer a smaller government, like in Sudan and Somalia. Douchebags.

    September 13, 2009 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
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